Once you figure out how to test your blood sugar, it becomes a very simple task. Make sure you first have test strips, a monitor, a lancing device, and a way to track your results. Some very nice monitors are:
- Accu-Chek Aviva Nano
- TRUEone from Home Diagnostics
- ONEtouch Verio IQ Blood Glucose Monitoring System
Many of these are available at local pharmacies such as Walgreen’s, CVS, or even Walmart. The first two are mini monitors, making it easy to monitor your blood sugar on the go. Many insurances will cover the price of your monitor, lancing device, and some test strips.
Blood sugar testing can be done in just a few simple steps.
- wash your hands
- insert the test strip into the meter (if it isn’t pre-loaded)
- prick your finger with a lancing device in order to draw blood
- place the blood on the strip
- wait until results are shown
Some meters will let you use blood pricked from your forearm, thigh, or fleshy part of your hand. In order to draw blood in the most pain-free way, look into purchasing a spring-loaded lancing device.
After getting the results from the meter, it is vital to track your results. Whether it’s on an app, in a glucose log, or even saving them on your monitoring device, your routine blood monitor results are very important to your health. Every so often, as recommended by your doctor, find your average blood sugar level. Finding this number will let you make any adjustments, whether your average is high or low.